If you were married when the child was born, both parents of a child will automatically have parental responsibility. This means that each of you have all the rights and duties that parents normally have and that both of you will have to be consulted about all major decisions in relation to the child’s life including education, medical treatment and any proposed change to the child’s name.
If a father is not married to the mother and the child was born after December 2003 and he was named on the birth certificate as the father, both of you will have automatic parental responsibility, but before the above date, the Automatic Parental Responsibility will not apply.
A father who does not have parental responsibility can make an application to court.
When you go through a separation or divorce, as a parent you will have to make difficult decisions about your children.
If you and your partner cannot agree which of you your children should live with, or how often each of you should see and contact the children, or how parental responsibility should be exercised, then either parent may apply to the court for a decision.
Solidum Solicitors have many years of experience in helping parents to resolve their disputes in the best possible interests of the children.
When one parent wants to take the children abroad to live, the consent of the other parent is needed to do this. This may become an issue, so the parents would need help from the courts.
If the parents cannot agree about financial or other arrangements that affect their children, either of them can apply to the court to decide any issue about the children’s care and wellbeing. For example, they may disagree about which school their child should go to, or whether their child should have a particular course of medical treatment.